Re: SEP 22 Vandenberg AFB Dusk Launch

Date: Thu Sep 22 2005 - 03:43:50 EDT

  • Next message: Bram Dorreman: "BD PPAS obs 2005 Sep 21/22"

    In a message dated 9/21/2005 8:56:14 P.M.  Pacific Standard Time, writes:
    >>As seen from  Santa Barbara, California, lift-off occurs 29 minutes
    after sunset. The  Minotaur is expected to climb into sunlight during
    the second stage burn at  about T+78 seconds. The exhaust plume will be
    illuminated by the sun and may  create a nice display visible across a
    large part of the Southwest and  western Mexico.<<  
    I\ve seen such evening launches a number of times from San Diego and they  
    really light up the northwestern sky--much easier to spot than a certain ISS.  
    Hope the weather holds out tomorrow and the launch isn't scrubbed for some  
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